I Tatti and the AAR Receive a Major Award from the Getty Foundation

June 3, 2021
Detail of the Cantino Planisphere (showing Portuguese sites in Africa)

I Tatti, together with the American Academy in Rome, has been awarded a major grant from the Getty Foundation for their joint project Black Mediterranean/ Mediterraneo Nero - Artistic Encounters and Counter-narratives/ Incontri artistici e contronarrazioni, as part of the Getty Foundation's Connecting Art Histories initiative. 


Black Mediterranean/ Mediterraneo Nero aims to critically revisit the histories and historiographies of the Mediterranean, paying particular attention to the contributions of the African continent to the cultures of the “Inland Sea”. The project encompasses the major centers and routes between Europe and Africa along the Mediterranean coasts, while also exploring routes or crossroads connecting Central Africa to the Mediterranean within three main zones: east, central and west Africa. A truly collaborative project, the program will draw on the expertise of both I Tatti and the American Academy in Rome and their respective wide historical arcs—from Antiquity through the Middle Ages and Renaissance to Modernity.


This multi-year project consists of Fellowships, Visiting Professorships, Exploratory Seminars, Workshops, and Masterclasses. 


Thanks to the vital support of the Getty Foundation, we expect that the energy of the program will leave behind a strong imprint at both I Tatti and the American Academy in Rome and encourage the continuation of links—including fellowships and research projects—with African countries.